William II
Reign 9 September 1087 – 2 August 1100
Coronation 26 September 1087
Predecessor William I
Successor Henry I
 
Born c. 1056
Normandy
Died 2 August 1100 (aged 43–44)
The New Forest, England
Burial Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, England
Noble family House of Normandy
Father William I
Mother Matilda of Flanders
Religion Roman Catholicism

William II (Old Norman: Williame; c. 1056 – 2 August 1100), the third son of William I of England, was King of England from 1087 until 1100, with powers over Normandy, and influence in Scotland. He was less successful in extending control into Wales. William is commonly known as William Rufus or William the Red, perhaps because of his red-faced appearance

William II
Reign 9 September 1087 – 2 August 1100
Coronation 26 September 1087
Predecessor William I
Successor Henry I
 
Born c. 1056
Normandy
Died 2 August 1100 (aged 43–44)
The New Forest, England
Burial Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, England
Noble family House of Normandy
Father William I
Mother Matilda of Flanders
Religion Roman Catholicism

Early life

William's exact date of birth is not known, but it was some time between the years 1056 and 1060. He was the third of four sons born to William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders, the eldest being Robert Curthose, the second Richard, and the youngest Henry. William succeeded to the throne of England on his father's death in 1087, but Robert inherited Normandy. Richard had died around 1075 while hunting in the New Forest.

William II of England
Born: 1056 Died: 2 August 1100
Regnal titles
Preceded by
William I
King of England
1087–1100
Succeeded by
Henry I